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DeclanTipp's Journal

DeclanTipp's Journal July 2016

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Two years old

22 July 2016 20:50:19
Two years old

Two years old

This is one of my two largest two year old Paulownias . It's very happy in a dry bed with no attention . I still have six in pots so now to find a plantation before Summer's end . They do add a nice difference to beds but must be kept in check though 

Simplicity

22 July 2016 20:46:35

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Sometimes its the simple flowers that catch the eye in a walk about in the garden ! 

Splash of Color

22 July 2016 20:42:37

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iam happy with the Dahlias from seed especially the Cactus variety just wish I had more of them ! 

Next favourite is this lovely Purple one which again is a lone soldier . Getting very fond of Dahlias I am . The orange is nice too 

Monty and his advice

15 July 2016 21:26:23

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I tend to watch Montys Gardeners world recordings when everyone else is gone to bed . Recently he devoted a few minutes to " Flowers for Bees" Seedaholic had them all in stock and 2 of the 4 are " Plant in Sept " so away we go . 

The Broad beans are cropping heavy too . 

Zinnia

14 July 2016 23:39:38

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Always nice when the Seed Yiu nurtured flowers. The Pom Poms are good too 

Orchid Alive

09 July 2016 22:55:39

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Thanks to the Orchid experts and their advice my one and only orchid has suddenly cone to life ... All winter it looked ... Well dead ! With almost no attention just a once off misting to the roots it has rewarded me . 

Should I pot it on later , feed it even . I will most probably kill it if I try to be too nice !!

 

Pollen Gathering

07 July 2016 20:58:54

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Today was a very good day for the new bee colony judging by the activity. Funnily enough last night I fed the bees (on advice) as the weather so far has been hit and miss.

Today I got some close ups of the Bees returning from Pollen collection and you can see them struggle to make a landing when laden down with the baskets full. Two different types of pollen appear to be under collection, a bright yellow and a more grey type. Variety makes for a nicer honey Iam assured.  Others who appear to have no pollen most likely have been water collecting or nectar sipping. Each has their own specific task and these are now in the final few weeks work as each Bee only lives nine week approx.

Before they become foragers they spend time doing house keeping and then sentry duty. Facinating lives and so very ordered.

Hope all are well and busy gardening ( I still manage to get some gardening in)

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